Many parents in Orange County struggle with making the right education choices for their children, especially during middle school and high school. Often in public schools students fail to get the personal attention that they need during this crucial time. That’s why it’s vital that parents who are considering private options find a school that not only fulfills a high level of academic excellence but also gives their kids a safe and comfortable environment within which to thrive.
There are endless choices for private middle and high schools in Orange County but one school that has consistently received high praise from the community as well as its teachers is Fusion Academy. Much more than an accredited private middle and high school for grades 6-12 – Fusion is a revolutionary community of learning where positive relationships and one-to-one classrooms unlock the academic potential in every student and create opportunities for emotional and social growth.
Fusion Academy was named one of the ’41 Most Innovative K–12 Schools in America’ by the education website Noodle.com. What’s so unique about Fusion’s approach is its one-to-one classroom, which makes the educational experience completely customized and ignites a student’s passion for learning. Classes are self-paced, and course material is presented in ways that suit students’ individual interests, strengths and challenges.
The teachers at Fusion are committed to creating individualized learning paths and meeting each student right where they are. As a result, instructors are able to create a meaningful connection. One instructor who follows this philosophy when it comes to teaching is Ashley Ring who offers students guidance and direction as an English, Test Prep, and Yoga teacher at Fusion Academy Huntington Beach. When she saw that a few of her students were struggling with trying to juggle schoolwork, responsibilities, emotions, social situations, and self-esteem, she created a toolbox of coping skills that she could share with them. She incorporated positive thinking, meditation and even physical wellness exercises. This type of out-of-the-box thinking and approach is exactly what makes Fusion unique and successful in making a positive impact on the educational growth of students. Below, Ashley Ring outlines seven ways that students can manage their stress.
Stress is a daily trepidation for many of us. From the very start of our day to the moment we lay our heads on our pillows, we’re constantly rushing: from one place to another, fighting with traffic, struggling to meet deadlines, or attempting to finish everything on the (sticky note) to-do list.
Stress has been said to contribute to patients with insomnia, heart disease, anxiety, weight gain or loss, and can even be a risk factor for heart attacks. Getting to the root of our stress seems difficult, but the thing is, our thoughts create our own stress and reality.
As a teacher at Fusion, I’ve had a few students struggle with trying to juggle responsibilities, emotions, social situations, self-esteem, and coping skills. In fact, the amounts of stress that we deal with every day can outdo Santa’s Naughty or Nice list.
I teach my students to create a toolbox full of coping skills they can reach into so they can learn to overcome tough obstacles and the fear triggers that bring them back to a fight or flight mode.
When we’re out of balance, energy in the root chakra may manifest as fear. The root chakra represents our foundation – our feeling of being grounded.
Fear, in the root chakra, is best faced head on.
This is a typical starting place that I take with students in order to overcome fear or to help them cope with stress and depression. Allowing this fear to manifest has to do with the types of thoughts we tend to think.
When we believe that we’re not good enough or that we can’t overcome something, we start to believe it, act on it, and allow it to have an enormous influence on our individual destinies. The way we think conditions our behavior and helps us decide whether we’ll achieve emotional resilience, career success, educational success, and happiness in relationships.
Oftentimes, meditation is misunderstood as something used to free ourselves of our thoughts and to have a clear, empty mind. But mindfulness is not about getting rid of our thoughts – it’s about learning to see clearly into the nature of our thoughts, and to begin to relate to our thinking from a different perspective.
Learning to listen is a huge part of yoga. It’s not always about trying to solve problems. Most times we need to be open and available to ourselves and to others so we can all feel validated without needing to be “fixed.”
A few other things to put in your toolbox could be:
• Focusing your attention on your breath, especially while exercising.
• When possible, surround yourself with a scent like coffee, sage, or lavender, that makes you feel good.
• While going to yoga poses or meditation, squeeze and then release tense or numb parts of your body.
• In addition to creating a sense of calm through scent, tune into those other senses, like sound, by adding music that calms you or lifts you up and visualize in detail a scene that makes you feel peaceful.
• Lastly, and most importantly, be ok with silence. Sometimes just being with another human is enough.
Find out more about Fusion Academy here: fusionacademy.com